Introductory questions: Look at the map of Greece and show the Peloponnesus. What was the Peloponnesian War? Who were the main cities involved? Do you remember the story we read from Plutarch, about Pericles bringing too many people within the city walls for fear of attack, and then a plague coming on them? We have skipped some of the events of the first part of the war, but eventually the two groups did stop fighting and signed the Peace of Nicias. This said that they would hold off their fighting for fifty years.
But just because they signed the treaty didn't mean they actually got along with each other. Look at the map again and find Athens, Sparta, and Argos. Today's lesson is about Argos.
(Map found here.)
Today we also introduce Alcibiades. Pericles was one of his guardians. He has been described as beautiful but wild, arrogant, extravagant (but generous), and reckless.